Volume 33 Number 48

If You Have Children

I was fortunate to have grown up in a family where Bible Class was a part of our weekly life. I am thankful to Christian parents who realized the need to prepare their children for the most important things of life. For thousands of years, Deuteronomy 6:6-9 has instructed parents: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (NKJV)

Consider that most children will attend school about 17,000 hours from kindergarten through high school (about 2,300 days). During those times they will learn about reading, writing, math, history, science, and more. In addition, they will be surrounded (in most cases) by other children who have different belief systems. A child who watches a minimum of 10 hours per week of television (more in most cases) will have accumulated over 10,000 hours by the time they are 18 years old. Consider the extra hours they spend listening to music, on their cell phones, on the internet, playing sports, joining other clubs, and more. All of these are usually done outside of the church and with those who are not concerned about spiritual matters. The deck is stacked against our children getting the spiritual foundation they need.

What about the person who attends only Sunday AM worship weekly until they are 18 years old? Most children don’t begin to understand sermons, usually directed to young people and adults, until about 11 years of age. In this case, they hear about 200 hours of instruction from God’s Word. On the other hand, consider the same young person who attends Sunday class, Sunday AM worship, Sunday PM worship, Wednesday class, and VBS each summer. They will have been instructed from God’s Word about 1,500 hours, still less than 10% of their time in school.

We often stress the importance of Bible class because every study and poll available shows that those who attend Bible class during their childhood are more likely to remain faithful to the Lord as adults (doesn’t it make sense?). It’s not a guarantee, but Bible class gives them a great advantage. They not only study and focus on God’s Word, they also establish friendships with those like faith.

Parents, I hope you will consider seriously the great impact your decision about Bible classes, what amounts to about 2-3 hours per week, will have on your children. Psalm 127:3 says “children are a heritage from the Lord.” The Lord has entrusted your sons and daughters into your care! You do them a HUGE favor by making sure they are with other young people every Sunday and Wednesday to study

God’s Word. Your dedication to this cause will very likely result in their continued faithfulness to God throughout life and an eternity with God in heaven.

I often close letters with a variation of the words: “May the Lord bless you richly.” Moms and dads, the Lord HAS blessed you richly by giving you children. The question to consider is: “How do you treat the blessings you have received from the Lord?”

Mark Hammit, Weber Road Church of Christ, Corpus Christi, Texas


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